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Nation and Memory in Russia, Poland and Ukraine, 1800 to the present (HI260)


Tutor: Professor Christoph Mick

Office: H331, third floor of the Humanities Building
Phone: 024 765 74691
Office Hours: Monday 11:00 - 12:00; Tuesday, 12:00 - 13:00 (both on MS-Teams). Please send an email to make an appointment.

Lecture Times 2020/21

There will be no live lectures. Videocasts will be uploaded to Moodle the week before the seminars.

Seminar Times 2020/2021

Group 1: Monday, 14-15 (starts in week 2). Face-to-face seminars in Autumn Term in weeks 3, 5, 7, 9 (OC1.04) MS-Teams seminars in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8,10

Group 2: Friday, 12-13 (starts in week 2). Face-to-face seminars in Autumn Term in weeks 3, 5, 7, 9 (Sciences/Physics-PLT), MS-Teams seminars in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

Would you like to understand what is going on in Ukraine today and what is behind the Russian-Ukrainian conflict? Do you want to understand why so many people in the past and present were and are willing to die for their nation? Would you like to know how the Ukrainian, Polish and Russian nations were made? Then this 30 CATS second-year option module is for you. In Autumn Term we will be discussing how Polish, Russian and Ukrainian intellectuals and politicians in the 19th century 'imagined' their nations and how they tried to include the peasantry in the nation. In Spring Term the module concentrates on the 20th century, especially the period of the two World Wars (1914 - 1945) and the period from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the present. You will hear about the importance of symbols, history writing and culture for nation building. You will learn how to analyse national operas and folk music, national literature and history paintings. Other important topics are the connections between war and the nation and the experience of common suffering. At the end of the year you should have a good knowledge of Ukrainian, Polish and Russian history and current affairs, you should be able to identify different types of nation building and - last but not least - should have learned not to trust historians.